Teen of the Week: Chase Lang looks to pre-med

Parkersburg South High School senior Chase Lang is this week’s Teen of the Week. (Photo by Michael Erb)

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School senior Chase Lang said he is focused on attending Marshall University after graduating this spring.

“I plan on going into the pre-med program and studying to become a dermatologist,” he said.

Lang said he has had an interest in dermatology for a while.

“The dermatologist I see is a really nice person,” he said. “I think that is a career I would enjoy doing every day.”

The 18-year-old already has a head start. For the past two years, Lang has taken college-level classes at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and will graduate high school with nearly all of his base college courses completed.

“I enjoy the different atmosphere being out at the college,” he said. “It’s a more mature setting and a more challenging place to be.”

Lang said he enjoys challenging himself. He is a member of the PSHS Student Council, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and participates in Drug Free Clubs of America.

He also works out on a regular basis and works most weekends at Hollister in the Grand Central Mall as a brand representative.

“I walk around the floor and help out the customers,” he said.

Lang said during his down time he spends time with friends and family.

“If I’m not working out or studying, I’m hanging out with my friends,” he said. “It keeps me well-rounded.”

Lang said one of the people who has most inspired him is South teacher Cheryl Olcott. Lang got to know Olcott when she was the coordinator of the school’s student council.

“She is just someone I can go to for help,” he said. “She’s always there for advice.”


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